Originally Posted by ccotenj
man, jpm (and the driver of the truck) is REALLY lucky to walk away from that one....
Absolutely, incredibly lucky for sure. Reminded me of some of the classic Indy 500 fire-ball crashes of the '60s. A driver's worst fear is fire, had JPM's car become entangled, or had the truck operator not been able to get out quickly enough, ...bad, bad news. Especially, considering the fire fighting capability, and lack of expediency was clearly on display.
Surprisingly, the turbine jet-dryer driver, didn't have a fire-suit on. A fire-suit is SOP for anyone associated w/such equipment at IMS. I'd think this will usher in fuel cell bladders, similiar to that of the racecars themselves. IIRC, at Indy the jet dryers have an operator that rides back on the machine itself,...directing the exhaust diffuser as needed. I'm sure all these aspects will be examined. If it can be hit, a race car will hit it.
On a separate note, I'm curious about the viewership numbers, as a Daytona 500, prime-time, no pre-race show,...all business. Then on the completion of lap one, five time champ JJ, the media darling DP, et al, all all taken out in a violent crash that exemplifies the robust nature of the new cars. Damn that was a bad hit to the driver's door. Danica's infield wall hit in the qualifier was nasty as hell too,....these cars are phenomenally safe,....hence the wild driving.